Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hopes history is going to repeat itself this weekend. Last year after a miserable run at Las Vegas Earnhardt rebounded the next weekend to win at Atlanta. After an early crash at LVMS that took him out of the race, Earnhardt...
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hopes history is going to repeat itself this weekend. Last year after a miserable run at Las Vegas Earnhardt rebounded the next weekend to win at Atlanta.
After an early crash at LVMS that took him out of the race, Earnhardt is hoping the racing Gods smile upon him this weekend.
"I kind of wish the Atlanta race was on Tuesday morning so we can get the Vegas race behind us," said Earnhardt. "It don't matter where you're at if you get into wrecks like I did on Sunday. I'm still real disappointed in that, because I really wanted to show what Pete (Rondeau) could do with a racecar.
"We didn't qualify well at Vegas, but we had gotten it a lot better on Saturday during practice, and it was pretty fast on Sunday. I just didn't keep it in there long enough for anybody to notice. I'm really looking forward to putting together a strong run, so if it happens at Atlanta and Talladega and Bristol, then hell yeah I'm happy we've got Fontana and Vegas behind us."
Earnhardt's poor performances at Fontana and Las Vegas have dropped him to 27th in points. The lowest mark he's been at this point in the season since 2002. Even though it's early in the season to start talking about the 'chase' Earnhardt has put himself in the unenviable position of having to claw his way back into the hunt.
Atlanta is a good place for him to try and gain some ground. In six of his last seven starts at Atlanta, Earnhardt has finished seventh or better, with four top fives. Last year, he won the race by a three second margin of victory and led 55 laps.
"It's the fastest place we go, and it's almost impossible to describe the feeling of being launched into the turns at 200 mph," Earnhardt said. "It takes guts to keep your right foot down. Atlanta is a track we've always been really good at. Every time I go there I feel like I have a chance to win.
"Last year it happened for us."
With team changes this year insiders have speculated that the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet team is having difficulties finding their stride. They have only garnered one top three result this year, a third in the season opening Daytona 500.
If luck missed eluded in Vegas, Earnhardt hopes he can roll the dice and come up with his first win of the year at Atlanta.